Authorities in western British Columbia are fighting the fires that erupted after the historic heat wave.
The Canadian military will provide air support to the western province of British Columbia (BC) because it is associated with a series of Massive wildfire After a few days of outbreak Record temperature.
in a statement On Sunday, the federal government stated that the army will help transport “people, supplies and equipment in and out of the fire-affected areas of the province” and assist in any emergency evacuation.
Bill Blair, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Say The military’s support will continue until July 19.
Blair said in the statement: “Canadians can rest assured that all government orders are working together to ensure the safety of British Columbia and its communities.”
Hundreds of people were evacuated due to the fire, which is believed to have been caused by a record heat wave Hundreds died According to local officials, within the province.
Experts say that climate change is exacerbating extreme weather events, such as wildfires and heat waves in British Columbia-which has prompted the Canadian government to abandon large fossil fuel projects such as pipeline.
Sunday afternoon, BC Wildfire Service dashboard display There are still 184 fires in BC, and the authorities said they are worried that more fires may be ignited.
“Unfortunately, we expect another lightning incident to pass through the southern inland areas,” said Jean Strong, BC Fire Information Officer, as Report Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News. “If we see… I would like to see more ignitions.”
Local media reported that at least two people died in Litton Village, in inland British Columbia, about 275 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of Vancouver, after a large-scale fire and smoke enveloped the community, and they were forced to swiftly on Wednesday. evacuation.
Litton broke Canada’s highest temperature record for several days earlier.
Matt Pasco, the chief of the Nlaka’pamux National Tribal Committee, including the Litton Aborigines, condemned the evacuation in an interview with Canadian media this weekend.
Pasco accused the government of ignoring the needs of the community in the early stages of the emergency. “This is a bad attempt at what they want to do,” he told the news agency. “They set up a process for our cattle, but not for the Nlaka’pamux people.”
The Government of British Columbia admitted that the “early communication” with the indigenous leaders “did not meet expectations”, CP Report.
The province said in a statement on Sunday that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) “will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety and proper handling of all residents and evacuees from the village of Lytton and adjacent Aboriginal communities.”
The government also urges residents who have been evacuated from their homes to register with the authorities, “so that relatives and the community will know where you are and that you are safe.”
It said it has established emergency support services to provide food, clothing and accommodation for evacuees, and has also established reception centers in several locations, including Kamloops, Chilliwack and Kelowna.